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Free Speech in a Small Town

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
 
That’s what the First Amendment says and generally that is true. Of course the exceptions are obscenity,¬†defamation incitement to riot and fighting words, as well as harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets, classified material, copyright, patents, military conduct, commercial speech such as¬†advertising and time, place and manner restrictions (thank you Wikipedia). When you live in a Small Town, this list grows just a little bit longer.